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A time to take a pause

A GRIP ON SPORTS

After a few days of non-stop action, the sporting world took a deep breath yesterday. Read on.

Winning is nothing but a fantasy this season

A GRIP ON SPORTS

If today's post doesn't make a lot of sense – as if any of them really do – there is a reason. I had my rotisserie league draft last night and I'm moving kind of slow this morning. Read on.

It will be an offseason of reflection

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Nothing all that big happened yesterday, did it? OK, I probably shouldn't be flippant about Gonzaga's loss. I'm sure there are a lot of readers who took it really hard. I understand. I have done the same thing in the past. Heck, I haven't rooted for Notre Dame since they lost to USC in 1964 for goodness sakes. So I get it. And I also understand there are a lot of people trying to answer the question of “why.” Not sure we can do that for them. Read on.

Where do they keep the red carpet?

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“And the at-large berth goes to …” No, tonight isn't Oscar night, but it might as well be. It's Selection Sunday (both words capitalized please), the day we find out who is playing whom in the NCAA tournament. Read on.

Another basketball roller coaster

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College basketball has its ups and downs. A good example of that occurred last night at the Pac-12 tournament, where UCLA came up big with a semifinal win over Arizona, only to have star freshman Jordan Adams come down wrong on his foot to end the game. Read on.

Some things are better left unwritten

A GRIP ON SPORTS

March is beginning to enter its lamb phase, which means it's about time for college basketball fans to turn into bracket lions. Shoot, that sounded better in my head. Read on.

Well, at least there are the commercials

A GRIP ON SPORTS

No, it's too warm to be Christmas. But it feels like it a bit around here. The new Mariners' commercials are out. Read on.

A great day for mid-March

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Think back. Has there been many March days over the years in the Pacific Northwest better than yesterday? Read on.

The Lions make liars of us all

A GRIP ON SPORTS

All of you who had Loyola Marymount as Gonzaga's first opponent in the WCC tournament, please step forward. That many? Well, it confirms what I thought. This blog is read by a bunch of untruthful sports fans. Read on.

It’s not a yellow brick road

A GRIP ON SPORTS

We're about to take a trip down memory lane, which is probably appropriate since Washington State did something last night it hadn't done since 1993. Read on.

Did you know UCLA is in town?

A GRIP ON SPORTS

The UCLA Bruins are in the Inland Northwest tonight to face Washington State. Did they fly in on a B-2? Their arrival was so quiet it hardly even registered on our radar. Read on.

Just your typical day

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Anything happen around here yesterday? I was a bit busy and didn't have time to check. What, you're kidding? Gonzaga is No. 1 in the nation? In what, ROTC rankings? Basketball? Men's basketball? You have to be kidding. Read on.

An early start to a big day

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It's only 5:30 in the morning and I've already spent an hour or so reading stories and prepping links for today's post. Is it because today is the first day of the Washington State basketball tournaments? Ya, that's what it is. That's the story we're going with. Read on.

Gonzaga is trending up

A GRIP ON SPORTS

There is sort of an eclectic mix of stories available today, though they follow three main trends. If Gonzaga wins both games this week, will it be ranked No. 1? Are the Mariners really improved? And, who will win the prep basketball tournaments? Read on.

Hey, it could happen

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SPOKANE – Downtown Spokane shut down today as amazed Gonzaga University fans took to the streets in celebration of the schools first NCAA mens' basketball national championship. A crowd estimated at more than a million, all of whom said they have been fans of the Zoogs since birth, held banners and cheered as they marched through the streets of downtown toward Browne's Addition, until informed by police the campus was the other way. A large part of the crowd was diverted, however, when a rumor broke out that a Whole Foods had opened on Main. … Just doing a little fantasizing about early April. Sorry. Read on.

A blast from the past

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You know what seems like a good idea this morning? Hunt down that darn groundhog with the good PR and make him pay. I thought we were promised an early spring. Yep, it's snowing here in the Inland Northwest this morning. Read on.

Losing doesn’t always connote losers

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If one looks solely at the won/loss record, it would be easy to assume the Washington State basketball team is a bunch of losers. But nothing could be further from the truth. At least not in my definition of losers. Read on.

Hurry, you don’t want to miss the Pro Bowl

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Sunday mornings are a lazy time. And we're feeling lazy as well. But not so lazy we can't fill the hours before noon with more than enough stories to keep you busy. Read on.

I gave my heart years ago

A GRIP ON SPORTS

What makes a relationship work? When a long history is shared and expectations have grown, sometimes it takes a lot of work to keep a relationship going, growing, and to keep it fresh. I'm in one of those relationships right now and let me tell you, at times it takes a lot of give-and-take to keep it going. Read on.

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